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Your World Today - March 19, 2012

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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their regular meeting Thursday evening at the district administrative offices. A Calendar Hearing was held in accordance with state law for schools who start before Labor Day and there were no objections to start school in August. After approval of the agenda, Superintendent Cindy Rumpf stated that summer school would be held May 29th through June 15 and packs have already been sent with pre-kindergarten through 5th grade children. Senior High Principal John Smith said that the school renewed the memorandum of understanding with the Missouri College Advising Corps where the senior high has a no-cost college advisor. Kelly Sample is the current advisor and will return next year. Michael Walden was then recognized for being a Merit Scholarship finalist and he was also named to the Missouri Scholar 100 Program as being one of the top 100 scholars in the state. Upper Elementary Principal Melanie Wisdom announced that 12 children would be going to the MoNASP competition in Warrensburg on March 24th. Elementary School Principal Kriste Crocker said that there were 68 children registered for kindergarten next year. The board set the organizational meeting date for April 5th at 7:30 that will also include a budget workshop. The board approved the MSBA policy service for $1,710 and another $950 for network service for website, plus they approved the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year starting August 15th and ending on May 14th. The board also approved a surplus property list that will include old weights from the weight room and other equipment. The board accepted the resignations of Theresa Walker, a resource aide at the Upper Elementary School, ag-ed instructor Cindy Danehy, Junior High 9th grade American History teacher Natalie Sellers, and David Beeson as the JV Girls and Junior High Girls Basketball Coach. The board then went into closed session to discuss personnel and coaches. In closed session, Carey Davidson resigned as the girls softball coach while all the other coaches were rehired. The teachers for all the Salem schools were also rehired. The meeting was then adjourned.

Dent County Coroner Gina White has released her report on the human remains that were found back in January near Wal-Mart. According to her report, the Coroner’s Office was contacted by the Salem Police Department on January 26, 2012, at 11:28 in the morning to request assistance in the woods just west of the Wal-Mart parking lot. An individual walking in the woods found a skeleton and contacted the Salem Police Department. Scott Harris, Deputy Coroner, collected the skeletal remains and assisted the Salem Police with the collection of evidence. Coroner Gina White transported the remains to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office on January 27, 2012. Dr. Russell Harrison, Forensic Odontolgist, made positive identification from the dental records. At the scene Danny F. Fleming’s backpack was located with his ID. The family was located and spoke with the Salem Chief of Police Keith Steelman and Dent County Coroner Gina White. They confirmed that Mr. Fleming had last been seen around April of 2009 when they dropped him off at the Salem Treatment Center. At that time, he stated that he didn’t know if he would check in or go to the Motel and drink for a couple of days. The family also stated that he liked to go to the woods by Wal-Mart and drink. A description of the clothing he would have worn matched what was found at the scene. The family assisted in obtaining the dental records that were used to make the Positive ID. No trauma or foul play was suspected. The exact cause of death is unknown.

An accident occurred at 9:18 Sunday morning in Crawford County on Interstate 44 about two miles west of Sullivan. According to the highway patrol report, a 1933 Ford driven by 69-year old Charles Hadley of St. James ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned while ejecting Hadley. Hadley suffered moderate injuries and airlifted to the St. Johns Hospital in Creve Coeur. An occupant, 65-year old Betty Krulik, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan. Neither were wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by Miles and Sons Towing.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will be at Houston today in the first round of the Houston Tournament against Cuba starting at 6:00. Tournament games will NOT be heard on KSMO.

The Salem Tigers track teams will be at Rolla this afternoon at 3:30 for their first meet of the year.

Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves as the St. Louis Blues became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth as they downed the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Patrik Berglund, David Perron and Jaden Schwartz, who was playing in his first career game, recorded goals for St. Louis. T.J. Oshie added two assists as the Blues improved to 2-1-1 in a seven-game road trip. St. Louis will be in Anaheim Wednesday night to play the Ducks.

What a debut for Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament. Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds Friday and the Spartans stunned the second-seeded Missouri Tigers, 86-84, for an historic upset.  Michael Dixon had 22 points to pace Missouri, while Phil Pressey and Marcus Denmon both chipped in 20. Missouri finished the season with a 30-5 record.

David Freese hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins in spring training action. Matt Holliday had two hits and a run batted in for the Cardinals, who got four innings of one-hit ball from Adam Wainwright. The Cards will play Atlanta today.

Eric Hosmer belted a two-run homer in the first inning Sunday to spark the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in spring training. Alcides Escobar hit an RBI triple in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the fourth. Luke Hochevar pitched three-plus innings for the Royals. The Royals have the day off.

The City of Salem summer baseball, t-ball, and softball signups will be held on Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd and again on Thursday, March 29th and Friday, March 30th at the Salem TCRC from 4:00 to 6:00. There will also be a signup on Saturday, March 24th at the Salem High School Gym while the youth basketball games are going on. For more information contact the Salem Parks and Recreation Department at 729-6290.

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 pocket schedules can be found at area businesses that sponsor St. Louis Cardinal Baseball on KSMO Radio including: Mooney Auto Supply, both locations of The Bank of Salem, Country Mart, Fidelity, K&H Auto Supply, both locations of Town & Country Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank, and in the front lobby of the KSMO studios.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Mary Annabelle (Setzer) Conaway of House Springs, age 86, will be Tuesday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home is Steelville. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery.

Funeral services for Donald Alterauge of Salem, age 78, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Dale F. Norris, of St. James, age 62, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, with a special Military service. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Asher Cemetery.

Funeral services for Martha Ann Pike of Salem, age 87, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low of 59.
Tuesday. Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, high of 75.
Tuesday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 55.



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